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The Birth of Venus

500 Years Later and Still Strong The Birth of Venus is a painting by the Italian artist Botticelli.  It is one of the most famous paintings in the world.  It is estimated that the Birth of Venus was completed in 1480-1484, that means the painting is over 500 years hold, heck it is almost at 550 years old. About the Birth of Venus The painting is an icon for several reasons.  The painting was done on canvas, at the time most paintings, especially fancier paintings were painted on wood.  It is also one of the largest canvas paintings around for that time.  It measures about 9ft x 6ft.  The painting is sensual, during a time of Christian art having a...

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Hot Air Balloon Drift

  Mountain Views You’re going higher up in the sky. You see gorgeous mountain views, green and orange and yellow. You hear the air and feel the heat as you rise up. When you look up, you see happy colors and an enormous balloon.  Hot Air Balloon The thrill of the hot air balloon has never died. Ever since the invention of the hot air balloon and its first successful flight in the 1700s, hot air balloons have been symbols of both technology and wonder. Hot air balloons were also used in spy and reconnaissance missions throughout the Civil War. Most weapons in the 1860s couldn’t reach the hot air balloon as it could rise higher when needed, so it...

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The Portrait of Edgar Allan Poe's Beautiful Annabel Lee

The Portrait of Annabel Lee I don't know exactly how it happened, but I wanted to do a portrait in an entirely sketched style done with only black white and gray.  The background now of course would be bright and colorful.  I felt that this would give a striking image.   Alas, who would be the woman?  For such a striking pose, I needed someone special.   Enter Edgar Allan Poe Edgar a genius who created a sort of macabre horror, created poems that where very memorable and quietly disturbing.  One of the poems I have in my head once in a while is Annabel Lee.  I then decided to paint a portrait of the the beautiful Annabel Lee.  Who else would...

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Painting the Cherokee Warrior

The Cherokee Warrior The Cherokee had brave warriors. The Cherokee didn’t have armies, but bands of warriors who would strike fast then leave. One way the Cherokee would attack would be to fool their enemy. The Cherokee would trick their enemy by having their captives dress up as Cherokee. Their enemies would see this then start to surround the captives, who they thought were enemies. All the while it was actually the Cherokee warriors who where surrounding their enemies. While visiting Cherokee in North Carolina, I got to see some of the rich culture and traditions. If you ever get a chance check out Cherokee, NC and visit the live village, museum and the play, “Unto These Hills”. After being...

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